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Chand inspired by Dhoni's words

India captain Unmukt Chand was delighted that his side finished a long and successful year of cricket with victory in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final.

Chand inspired by Dhoni's words - Cricket News
 
India captain Unmukt Chand was delighted that his side finished a long and successful year of cricket with victory in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final.
The build-up to the World Cup started in Vishakhapatnam in September 2011 as India hosted a quadrangular series, and later Australia played host to a quadrangular in April this year.
India won both of those tournaments before a dramatic Asia Cup final against Pakistan in July ended in a tie.
And they capped off a stunning 12 months of cricket with victory in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, as Chand's 111 not out helped them chase down a target of 226 against Australia with six wickets in hand and 14 balls to spare in Townsville.
"We have played four tournaments until now," Chand said afterwards.
"It has been a long journey starting from Vizag (Vishakhapatnam) to the quad series to the Asia Cup to the World Cup.
"It has been a great journey and a great finish I can say. Now probably we don't know when we will play again, probably we won't play again together so that's a bit of an emotional thing as well. (I am) really happy that we could pull it off and finish it on a high.
"(In all four tournaments) initially we have had a few jitters but we carried on really well and that's what matters the most. We peaked at the right times and that's a quality of good teams."
At 97 for four, India were shaking, before Chand and Smit Patel (62 not out) joined forces for a superb 130-run partnership.
Both players were dropped – Chand twice, on 38 and 84 – while Patel also received a life on two and they made the most of their reprieves.
Chand said he was always confident that he could lead his side to victory if his side could put together one significant batting partnership.
"The matches in the Asia Cup… we had the same situations and I have played in these situations before as well. I was just trying to back myself up and believe that we could do it," he said.
"It's only a matter of one partnership. It was a dream wicket to bat on. We knew that we would pull it off if we had one good partnership and that's what I was telling the other fella (Patel) with me."
Chand kept a cool head throughout the chase despite the fact that he dispatched six sixes in a sublime display of hitting.
And he revealed a piece of advice from India's senior captain, MS Dhoni, resonated with him in the closing stages.
"I had heard Dhoni speak (about) this before… that (in the) 38th over, I won't take a risk because the bowler is not as frustrated as he is in the 46th or the 47th over."
"I may take a risk (then) because the bowling side is also more pressurised. I was just thinking that I should also take it to the last moment, because you know six, seven or eight runs, you can get anytime in an over.
"The important thing was to save wickets. If you have wickets in hand, even eight or nine (per over) on this track was not a difficult task."
 

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